Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colours and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the colour. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on colour in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.

Our Top 2019 Bathroom Trends

This year the bathroom is getting a big makeover, as a handful of trends will be taking over this small, yet powerful room in your home. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, follow along for the trends that we want to see in your bathroom this year!

Drama in a small space is a look that we love, and statement wallpaper in the bathroom will do just that. To make an impact, think bright, saturated colours and bold wallpapers. Have fun in this space; it’ll make it easier to wake up!

White and grey marble or marble-look quartz and porcelain will also be top materials for bathroom surfaces. This will give your bathroom a timeless look that is great for both a traditional or modern space.

You’ll also see an uptick in open-concept designs in the bathroom, allowing more natural light to shine through and more space to move around while you get ready for the day.

Bathrooms with a spa-like look and feel will also be popular this year, as more people want their bathroom to feel like a retreat so that they can relax and unwind from the day.

What trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your bathroom design?

How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?

The Popularity of Backsplashes in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

With the kitchen being a main focal point in the home, and the bathroom becoming a place to retreat for a relaxing, spa-like getaway, we are seeing people opt for these rooms to boast more personality, thanks in part to patterned backsplashes. Not just popular in the kitchen, we are seeing more backsplashes being incorporated in bathroom design as well, ranging from the sink to the shower.

A backsplash typically covers the area of the wall between the countertops and cabinets, protecting your walls from water damage resulting from accidental splashes. While its main purpose is functionality, more people are now choosing to add a backsplash solely for the design purpose, with its functionality being an added perk.

No matter what your style preference or colour palette of your kitchen or bathrooms, there is sure to be a backsplash that will fit perfectly in your rooms overall design. From subway tiles and geometric shapes, to multi-coloured tiles and solid colours, your options are endless.

A backsplash truly is the perfect backdrop for adding both colour and texture to your space. If you’re looking to make a statement and add instant visual interest, a backsplash could very well be your best route. Not only that, but a backsplash is a great way to express yourself.

How are you decorating with backsplashes?

Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?

Our Favourite Fall Trends

It’s time to cool off from the summer heat with fall’s most popular trends. Bring out the bold colours and warm colour accents, cozy fabrics, houseplants and velvet. Yes, you heard that right. We’ll give you all the details to bring some of that summer warmth into your home this fall.

As the season gets a little cooler, it might be time to refresh your living spaces. Using the following styles, you can help transition your space from summer to fall. While these trends may be popular for fall of 2018, you should create a space that makes you feel at home no matter the season. Although, we must say that the velvet couch may end up being your new best friend as the colder months approach.

Black and White

During this past year we have seen a lot of black and white décor that is paired with tropical, earthy vibes. This black and white décor trend will carry well into the fall with its neutral and bold palette that works with a variety of textures and accent colours.

Velvet and Mustard Accent

Expected to be one of fall’s biggest trends, velvet will bring a new sense of style and comfort to your living space. The sleek and soft texture will make you want to spend your afternoon curled up reading your favourite book. Paired with one of the most popular accent colours this fall, mustard will bring a little pizazz to your neutral rooms. Now you can create this charming fall composition we know you’ve been waiting for all year.

Navy and Blush

The perfect backdrop to the changing seasons, berry tones will be the biggest colour combo this fall. Blues, blushes and lilacs will offer a serene tone to your space, and when combined with white, will offer a crisp and fresh look.

Jewel Tones

Bring the luxurious and rich colours of emerald, garnet and sapphire hues into your home this fall. Combined with berry tones, these colors are a striking way to add warmth to the home as the weather gets cooler.

Houseplants

Bring the outdoors inside to create a natural and welcoming space. Tropical greenery and succulents are the most ideal houseplants that can give your space new life. If you’re going for an earthy style, pair your houseplants with warm cozy fabrics and natural wooden tones.

Cozy Vibes

Everyone’s definition of cozy may be different, so it’s important for you to create your own cozy vibe. Whether you’re a fan of art and paintings or a fan of vases and ornaments, take your own personal interests and use those items to create one big cozy home. Use this freedom to express yourself and make your home yours.

What trend are you most looking forward to this fall?

What’s Hot in Kitchen Design

It’s 2018 and every single home is different, including the kitchen. Everything from countertops, appliances and cabinetry to disappearing hood vents. Poof! We’ve got you covered with today’s hottest kitchen design and décor trends.

Put aside your chef hat, just for a minute, and say hello to the designer in you. The kitchen has extended beyond cooking in this age of advancing technology; it’s become your new design paradise. While these styles might be the hottest in 2018, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to create all these styles in your kitchen. You should choose a style that fits your own needs and your own personal life. But, we must say that marble or quartz with metal inlays would make your kitchen look stunning!

Eat-In Kitchens & Banquet Seating

Does your family crowd around the kitchen like it was your living room? We thought so, us too. Eat-in kitchens and banquet seating having become an extremely popular alternative to the traditional dining room setting. Granted you have enough space, this trend makes a long day easier when you don’t have to walk to and from the kitchen carrying food or dishes. Now you can conveniently sit down and enjoy dinner with the family.

Marble

Marble isn’t something too new to 2018, but its timeless style has gone beyond countertops to now walls and floors. Real marble can be expensive and hard to maintain, but luckily there are alternative options like man-made quartz or porcelain look-alikes that look just as good as the real thing with less maintenance and expense. Now, you don’t have to be royalty to make your kitchen look sleek, elegant and stunning.

Cabinets

Cabinets are being taken in all different directions. Everything from flat-front cabinetry, no upper cabinets, open shelving to warmer and sleeker styles. As a result of a minimalist style trend, homeowners are opting for a more open and airy look with no upper cabinetry and open shelving simply for display purposes. Pulled off successfully, this can create a minimal and sleek kitchen style. While shaker style cabinets will always be in trend, flat-front cabinetry has also become popular by opting for less hardware and more minimalism on the surfaces. Warmer and darker colours have become a favorite for these flat-front cabinetries.

Dark Fixtures & Metal Accents

It’s true, black will work with just about any style and colour palette while delivering a sleek look. Dark fixtures like cabinetry, lights and stools and hardware like faucets have been a popular go to. They add a certain simple, modern and visual aesthetic and the best part is they don’t show wear and tear as easily. However, stay away from making your kitchen too dark by placing these elements strategically throughout the kitchen. This isn’t a bat cave!

Wood (like) Floors

Wood looking floors can offer a kitchen a warm and cozy feeling unlike any other flooring options. This is a solid choice when it comes to kitchen flooring; it’s a trend that will always be popular. It has the ability to unite an open floor plan and adapt to various kitchen styles. There are a wide variety of flooring options that are able to come in the style of a wood look, making it extremely easy to customize your floors appearance and feel to your liking.

Hidden Hood Vents

Hood vents have become an essential appliance to homeowners, keeping the kitchen air fresh and clean. However, depending on your kitchen style and your type of vent, it may stick out like a sore thumb. The newest trend is hiding and concealing the hood vent to seamlessly blend into the kitchen environment. This allows your kitchen’s style to flow smoothly and not make any appliance the star of the show.

Square and Personalized Tiles

While tiles may have been popular in the 80’s and 90’s, everything makes a comeback with good reason. They’re not only great looking, but easily accessible and affordable. Square porcelain tiles are one of the most stocked items on shelves and therefore easily inexpensive. If you’re feeling up for it, you may even want to use personalized tiles to add specific design or handcrafted feel to your walls. Add these tiles to your backsplash or specific areas on the wall to create a sleek and clean style.

What’s your favourite kitchen trend?